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University of South Carolina-Columbia

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Introduction

The University of South Carolina (often shortened to USC, SC, or simply Carolina) is a four-year co-ed research institution located in the beautiful city of Columbia, South Carolina. The Columbia campus is the university’s main campus, and seven satellite campuses are located in the cities of Aiken, Beaufort, Lancaster, Allendale, Sumter, Union, and Spartanburg.

USC was first established as South Carolina College in 1801 with only one building, and USC continues to grow to this day. The University’s Old Campus District, known as The Horseshoe, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, but the University of South Carolina has spread out dramatically and currently encompasses over 350 acres. The school continues to expand west toward the Congaree River.

Academics

USC offers more than 70 undergraduate majors from 15 different colleges, which include the popular College of Arts and Sciences; College of Education; College of Engineering & Computing; The Graduate School; College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management; School of Law; College of Mass Communications & Information Studies; and the School of Medicine. The official USC website provides detailed information about these and all of the other colleges at the school.

Considering that USC is comprised of such a diverse group of colleges, it’s easy to see that students can study nearly anything their heart desires. A few of the most popular majors offered at USC include biology; health and physical education; public relations, advertising, and applied communications; business administration, management, and operations; and teacher education and professional development.

The South Carolina Honors College is a unique program that grants academically-successful students access to a world-class academic program. Students are presented with enrichment opportunities ranging from internships and service learning to student research and programs that allow students to study at colleges and universities other than USC all while receiving more attention and support than most large universities can offer. Specific requirements for admission to the South Carolina Honors College apply, so interested students should contact the College for more information.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

The University of South Carolina is considered a selective school, and students should note that meeting basic requirements does not guarantee admission. Prospective students are encouraged to be thoughtful while completing their applications to give USC admissions representatives an idea of the likelihood of their future success.

Students interested in transferring to the University of South Carolina can apply for admission for fall, spring or summer terms. Incoming freshmen, students transferring from another college or university, students seeking readmission, undergraduate non-degree applicants, international undergraduate students, and South Carolina Honors College applicants can all apply to USC through Undergraduate Admissions. Application deadlines, forms, and fees vary, so students are encouraged to check with the USC Admissions office to ensure proper deadlines are met.

USC graduate students are admitted through the Graduate School and the university’s colleges, schools, and departments. Prospective students can apply to The Graduate School online. Admission is granted based on the recommendation of colleges, schools, and departments. Application deadlines, forms, and fees vary greatly and students are encouraged to check with their appropriate college, school, or department’s official website to meet all deadlines.

Financial Aid

The University of South Carolina offers financial assistance to over 90% of its undergraduate students. Financial aid opportunities are available to USC students in the form of academic scholarships, grants, and student loans.

To be eligible for financial aid at USC, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, as soon as possible after it becomes available online after January 1 each year. This application is required for both federal and state financial aid programs.

In addition to grants and student loans, a wide variety of merit-based scholarships are available to USC students. These scholarships include Alumni Scholars, Carolina Scholars, Carolina Scholars Finalist, Cooper Scholars, Dean’s Scholars Award, McKissick Scholars, McNair Scholars, McNair Scholars Finalist, Thornwell Scholars, Trustees’ Endowment Scholars, University Scholars, Valedictorian Scholars, and Woodrow Scholars. Departmental scholarships are also available from many departments at USC, and students are encouraged to contact the departments directly for more information.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3185th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in South Carolina.

Students

USC’s Columbia campus enrollment was over 27,000 during fall 2008, and nearly 20,000 students were undergraduates. Students are fortunate to have extensive academic support services, helpful student campus services, and even an impressive amount of arts and entertainment at their disposal.

Once USC students have an account created, they can conveniently pay for meals, drinks, snacks, photocopies, books, membership fees, and more with their CarolinaCard, which is linked to their meal plan and also serves as their student ID. In addition to being the preferred method of payment on campus, the CarolinaCard grants students access into housing facilities, parking lots, and various buildings on campus. Students can view their Carolina Cash balance online, along with their recent transactions.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The University of South Carolina is home to 19 varsity sports teams known as the Gamecocks. The university’s varsity teams compete in the NCAA Division I and all teams except for men’s soccer compete in the Southeastern Conference. Men’s soccer competes in Conference USA.

USC’s official school colors are garnet and black, and the school’s fight song is “The Fighting Gamecocks Lead the Way.” Cocky, a costumed cartoon version of a fighting gamecock, is the official mascot of the USC athletic teams. Cocky has won several “mascot national championship” distinctions, including the Universal Cheerleading Association mascot championship in 1986 and 1994, along with the Capital One mascot championship in 2003.

USC’s baseball teams frequently qualify for the playoffs, and the University of South Carolina Gamecocks impressively won the NCAA baseball National Championships in both 2010 and 2011.

Local Community

Located Columbia is the largest city in South Carolina as well as the state’s capital. Columbia’s official nickname is “The Capital of Southern Hospitality,” and the area definitely offers plenty for University of South Carolina students to do!

Major retail shopping centers and dining establishments are located throughout Columbia and smaller, eclectic shops and restaurants are also scattered throughout the area. A variety of parks, the most popular being Finlay Park, provide students with the opportunity to get active and take in the beautiful scenery, and Columbia’s popular Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is a sanctuary for over 2,000 animals.

Arts and cultural opportunities are also abundant, including the South Carolina Shakespeare Company, the Columbia Museum of Art, the Columbia City Ballet and the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra.

Alumni

USC has over 25,000 living alumni. Notable University of South Carolina graduates include:

  • Rita Cosby, three-time Emmy award winner and host of MSNBC’s Rita Cosby Live
  • Leeza Gibbons, actress and former Entertainment Tonight host
  • Troy Williamson, NFL player
  • Marcus McBeth, pitcher for the Cincinatti Reds
  • Larry Kellner, chairman of the board and CEO of Continental Airlines
  • Howard A. Wheeler, Jr., president of Lowe’s Motor Speedway
  • Darius Rucker, musician and lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish

Faculty

During the fall of 2008, the University of South Carolina had nearly 2,200 full-time faculty that taught at its eight campuses. Over 1,600 of those professors were instructors at the main Columbia campus. USC continues to aggressively recruit new faculty members through two distinct hiring programs, one which is focused on research and another which is focused on interdisciplinary clusters.

In addition to its dedicated faculty, USC employs over 4,000 full-time staff members to help ensure that students’ questions and concerns are addressed while things run smoothly.

Additional School Information

The four members of the popular American rock band Hootie and the Blowfish met while attending the University of South Carolina. As of July 2011, their 1994 debut album Cracked Rear View was the 15th best-selling album of all time in the United States.

USC is home to the largest collection of Robert Burns and Scottish literature materials outside of Scotland.

Bibliography

  • McGrath, Anne, ed. U.S. News & World Report: Ultimate College Guide. Naperville, Illinois: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2010. Print.
  • University of South Carolina. Web. 2 July 2011.
  • University of South Carolina Gamecocks Online. Web. 2 July 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 5th in South Carolina and 290th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in South Carolina and 412th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 9 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.00
Robbery 3 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 113 0.37
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 24 0.08
Arrest 113 0.37

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4506

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 522nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $10,416 $10,416 $28,128
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $400 $400 $400
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $434 $434 $1,172
FT Graduate Tuition $11,640 $11,640 $24,960
FT Graduate Required Fees $400 $400 $400
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $485 $485 $1,040
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $24,804 $24,804 $42,516
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $26,007 $26,007 $43,719
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $15,895 $15,895 $33,607

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Medical Degree — Tuition $35,498 $79,612
Medical Degree — Required Fees $400 $400
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $23,123 $34,532
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $400 $400
Law Degree — Tuition $21,960 $44,352
Law Degree — Required Fees $400 $400

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $10,168 $10,488 $10,168 $10,488 $26,352 $27,644
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $950 $978
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,026 $8,459
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,920 $3,950
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,614 $9,940
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,920 $3,950
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,920 $3,950

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 23,429 (9,991 male / 13,438 female)
Admitted 14,199 (6,134 male / 8,065 female)
Admission rate 61%
First-time Enrollment 4,625 (2,045 male / 2,580 female)
FT Enrollment 4,580 (2,019 male / 2,561 female)
PT Enrollment 45 (26 male / 19 female)
Total Enrollment31,964

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Southeastern Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Southeastern Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Southeastern Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Southeastern Conference

ACT Test Admission

195th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 61%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 31
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 28
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 29

SAT Test Admission

218th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 63%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 540 / 640
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 560 / 650
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1100 / 1290

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity6,838
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$5,350
Board Fee$2,958

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 219 739 169 141 16 5,024 20 6,493
Accounting 17 10 1 6 1 126 166
Advertising 6 1 53 60
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
African-American/Black Studies 5 5
Anthropology 1 2 1 2 38 1 48
Applied Mathematics, General 1 1 4 7
Archeology 1 1
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 12 13
Art Teacher Education 1 18 19
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 8 9
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 1 1 2
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 1 1 5 24 31
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 28 10 15 167 230
Biomedical Sciences, General 9 10
Biostatistics 1 2 3
Broadcast Journalism 6 4 1 30 41
Business Administration and Management, General 8 24 9 15 2 282 348
Business Teacher Education 1 2 3
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics 2 1 2 24 31
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 1 1
Chemical Engineering 3 2 2 4 29 40
Chemistry, General 2 4 1 3 1 37 50
Civil Engineering, General 6 4 2 58 70
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 1
Clinical Psychology 2 3 5
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services 3 3 1 44 51
Comparative Literature 2 2
Computer Engineering, General 4 5 2 3 20 2 38
Computer Software Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 6 3 2 40 53
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
Conducting 1 1 2
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 3 2 21 27
Creative Writing 2 6 8
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 1 27 4 1 156 195
Dance, General 1 20 21
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 4 1 48 58
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 4 3 24 1 35
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 6 101 109
Economics, General 5 8 3 4 47 1 68
Education, General 5 1 54 61
Educational Evaluation and Research 1 1 2
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 20 70 94
Educational/Instructional Technology 1 4 5
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 5 5 4 27 41
Elementary Education and Teaching 4 1 1 67 74
Engineering/Industrial Management
English Language and Literature, General 13 1 2 91 1 110
Environmental Health 1 4 5
Environmental Science 1 14 15
Environmental Studies
Epidemiology 3 1 1 2 7
European Studies/Civilization 1 1
Exercise Physiology 2 23 8 6 170 2 216
Experimental Psychology 3 42 16 5 199 1 277
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 1 1 10 13
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other 1 8 6 1 62 1 80
Finance, General 14 9 4 11 148 1 189
Fine/Studio Arts, General 6 2 1 52 63
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 4 4
French Language and Literature 1 4 6
Geography 1 2 21 26
Geology/Earth Science, General 2 1 21 24
Geophysics and Seismology 1 3 4
German Language and Literature 1 5 6
Gerontology 5 5
Health Communication 2 3 5
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
History, General 10 2 116 130
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management 2 15 18
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 9 11 3 2 151 1 180
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 4 5 2 1 1 24 40
Human/Medical Genetics 6 6
Information Science/Studies 3 5
Information Technology
Insurance 1 2 2 14 19
International Business/Trade/Commerce 51 6 7 6 130 2 206
International Relations and Affairs 3 1 1 35 41
Journalism 3 7 1 35 48
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 4 25 29
Latin American Studies 1 1 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 2 1 4
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 28 2 64 2 100
Library and Information Science 10 1 1 116 133
Linguistics 1 7 8
Management Science 2 1 2 2 37 48
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 1 1 1 58 62
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 2 5 4 1 139 154
Mathematics, General 2 7 1 1 32 45
Mechanical Engineering 13 8 3 2 66 94
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 2 1 1 4
Museology/Museum Studies 5 5
Music History, Literature, and Theory 1 1
Music Performance, General 1 1 23 26
Music Teacher Education 1 5 6
Music Theory and Composition 1 1
Music, General 1 4 2 48 58
Music, Other 1 1
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 5 1 23 29
Nuclear Engineering 2 1 7 10
Nurse Anesthetist 1 25 26
Nursing Administration
Nursing Science 2 18 22
Office Management and Supervision 2 16 1 18 38
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design
Philosophy 16 18
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 4 2 38 45
Physical Sciences, Other 1 8 9
Physics, General 1 1 4 6
Political Science and Government, General 3 13 3 2 1 116 140
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing
Public Administration 3 4 8
Public Health Education and Promotion 3 3 1 1 15 23
Public Health, General 4 4 1 1 17 27
Public Health, Other 17 4 60 1 83
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing 4 1 37 43
Public Relations/Image Management 11 2 1 1 108 127
Public/Applied History 6 6
Reading Teacher Education 1 22 23
Real Estate 15 15
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other 5 6 11
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 15 5 3 1 190 219
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other 7 12 22
Religion/Religious Studies 2 1 7 10
Retailing and Retail Operations 20 3 2 1 94 1 122
Russian Language and Literature 5 6
School Psychology 1 2 5
Secondary Education and Teaching 3 1 1 30 35
Social Sciences, Other 1 6 7
Social Work 7 127 3 2 1 144 1 292
Sociology 15 1 2 36 54
Spanish Language and Literature 1 4 3 21 30
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 22 23
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 5 1 57 64
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 4 11 4 138 1 162
Statistics, General 3 1 3 7 14
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 14 1 1 10 27
Systems Engineering
Tourism and Travel Services Management 2 13 15
Women's Studies 1 8 9

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 405th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $89,213 ($98,126 male / $70,872 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,299 (747 male / 552 female)
Number of PT Faculty 2,244
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $58,523,172
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